- Alfonso was here: in November 2008.
- Total number of days: 1.
- My Rating: 3/5 (I consider it a must, but would not repeat it).
If you go to Hiroshima is to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, one of the museums in the world I sadly consider essential.
Apart from the museum and the park that belongs to it, there is hardly anything of interest, which is logical considering that, after the bomb exploded, there was nothing left standing. The city was rebuilt quickly to make it habitable as soon as possible; there was no time to make beautiful buildings or (apart from the castle) reconstruct ancient temples. When I say there was nothing left, I’m not exaggerating.
HOW TO GET THERE
Hiroshima is on the Shinkansen railway line. It takes 4h40min from Tokyo, 1h25min from Osaka or 1h50min from Fukuoka.
PLACES OF INTEREST
HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL PARK
Just 400 meters long, it was built near the hypocenter of the explosion. It’s a part of the Museum. In the park and surrounding area there are 59 monuments and cenotaphs. To get here from the train station, take the south exit and then tram number 2 or 6 to Genbaku-Domu Mae station (原 爆 ド ー ム 前) (15 minutes, ¥ 160).
In the Park, and some in the museum too, there are volunteers who guide small free tours. Donations are not accepted (at least, they weren’t when I was there), volunteers do this work to practice their English while they explain and promote a message of peace.
Reluctantly, the main tourist attraction in the city; it’s visited by more than one million people a year. Opened in 1955, it is a large collection of memorabilia about the bombing, along with testimonies of survivors and exhibitions on nuclear energy. Read more.
It is a replica, since the original was completely destroyed. It is small but nice with a rectangular pit. It reminds me the famous Okayama castle.
No tram stop is closer than 10 minutes walk, so I recommend walking from Memorial Park 15 minutes north. Open from 9:00 to 17:30 in summer time and until 18:00 in winter. Admission to the main tower (not recommended) is ¥ 370.